TikTok star abandons search for missing Jay Slater in Tenerife

Jay Slater has been missing for over two weeks
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TikTok star Callum Fahim, who jetted off to Tenerife to aid in the search for missing Jay Slater, has announced his plans to return to the UK. Fahim has publicly stated that he hasn't received any funds from the GoFundMe campaign and intends to head back after a fortnight on the Spanish island.

After connecting with Jay Slater's mother, Debbie Duncan, online, Callum Fahim made his way to Tenerife. As of Thursday evening (July 4), the GoFundMe page established to support Jay's family had reached £49,507, surpassing its initial goal of £30,000.

Debbie expressed her thanks to all those who have supported the cause through the fundraising platform, detailing how the donations will contribute to the efforts of the rescue teams and volunteers tirelessly searching for Jay.

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Yet, Callum Fahim disclosed to Sky News that he has not seen any of the raised money. Fahim said: "I haven't had anything from the GoFundMe. We have not had a bit of essentials paid for."

He continued: "I've never had any money from them whatsoever or even offers to go and pick anything up. If they had offered it, personally I would've said maybe a bit of a treat at the end of the week, but don't worry about it", reports the Manchester Evening News.

Mr Fahim, in his conversation with Sky News, explained that his trip to Tenerife was self-funded and following an 'extensive discussion' with Ms Duncan, he has chosen to 'withdraw.'

He said: "It's getting very out of control. The situation here is very dangerous at the moment. I have had death threats. I had a long conversation with her [Ms Duncan] and decided I'm withdrawing."

Jay, 19, from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, vanished on the Spanish island on June 17. He was last seen departing an Airbnb in the north of the island, near the village of Masca, at about 8am that day.

The young man, who was on holiday with friends Lucy Law, 18, and Brad Hargreaves, 19, had been enjoying a night out at the Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas. After the party, he left with two British men to return to their rented accommodation.

His final known whereabouts were the Rural de Teno Park in the north of Tenerife a considerable 11-hour trek from where he was staying.

Jay Slater's mother Debbie Duncan
Jay Slater's heartbroken mother Debbie Duncan has spoken of her 'living nightmare' and says she wished she'd told her son not to go to Tenerife before he went missing. -Credit:ITV

Debbie, Jay's mother, recently released a statement condemning online trolls for spreading conspiracy theories about her son's disappearance. She clarified that the family 'were not in Tenerife for a holiday'.

TV investigator Mark Williams-Thomas, who is in Tenerife investigating the case, earlier claimed that Jay had allegedly 'taken a £12,000 Rolex' before his disappearance and felt 'scared' when leaving the Airbnb.

Breaking his silence, Ayub Qassim, one of the individuals who invited Jay back to the Airbnb, has now spoken out as the search for the missing British teenager continues past two weeks. Qassim said: "He came to my Airbnb alive and he left my Airbnb alive.

"I let the geezer stay at mine because he had nowhere else to go, his friends had all left him. I know Jay, through friends, I'm not going to bring someone back to mine if I don't know them."

After an extensive search spanning nearly two weeks across challenging and mountainous terrain, authorities have ceased the ground search for the missing teenager earlier this week. On June 30, police announced that while they will still respond to any new leads or information received, the active search efforts for the apprentice bricklayer, who was reported missing, will be discontinued.